Fastems Automation Guide Reveals How to Multiply Machine Tool Efficiency with Production Automation

Free, downloadable guide and corresponding webinar cover the six main production bottlenecks that hinder manufacturing efficiency, and how manufacturers can optimize their operations.


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Automated manufacturing solutions provider Fastems LLC (West Chester, Ohio) has released its free, downloadable “Ultimate Guide for Flexible Automation,” which examines how one optimized machine tool can perform as well as three underused machines. The guide is available on the Fastems website and covers the six main production bottlenecks that hinder manufacturing efficiency: production planning, production start setup, cutting tool management, transfers and loading between process phases, quality and tracing and machine tools. Also available on the site is the same information in the form of the company’s “Six Solution Blocks for Small Batch Manufacturers” webinar.

According to Fastems, in the average shop, machine optimization—or lack thereof—can cripple a manufacturer’s success. Unautomated machines run at 30% utilization (7.2 spindle hours each day) on average. With flexible manufacturing systems (FMS), machines can run up to 90% optimization (21.6 spindle hours a day). This change results in one automated machine running the same amount of spindle hours as three comparable unautomated machines.

The automation guide and webinar explain in greater detail how manufacturers can optimize their operations. Machines in the average shop run underused for a variety of reasons. Commonly, the spindle doesn’t run during setups, material and tools may not be available exactly when they need to be, scheduling inefficiency results in idle time, urgent orders wreak havoc on schedules and machines malfunction. Further, if a shop is not set up to run lights out, a machine can only be run for part of the manned shifts, decimating its uptime. In the guide, Fastems reveals three keys to achieving high utilization: make production planning and execution intelligent, automate hardware to work stably night and day and make processes reproducible.

For more information, download the free Fastems automation guide or watch the free Fastems solutions webinar here.